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Plastic Man Turns Trash to Treasure in India

MADURAI, India — The South Indian city of Madurai has an overabundance of garbage. While contained in a municipal dump, the trash overflows onto nearby fields as trees sag with the weight of the waste that piles up by the day.

Read more here—http://www.borgenmagazine.com/plastic-man-turns-trash-treasure-india/

Sseko Design: Solving the Ugandan Gap Year

Portland, Oregon — The footwear company Sseko Designs is a regular on countless fashion blogs, while its signature flip-flops were even featured on a list of Martha Stewart’s favorite products.

However, the company defines itself not by fashion, but by a social cause: providing jobs for Ugandan women who need funds for college tuition.

Read more here—http://www.borgenmagazine.com/sseko-design-solving-ugandan-gap-year/

Repairing Sierra Leone Starts with Mental Health

BRAMPTON, Ontario — Only 2,000 of the 715,000 people living with mental illnesses in Sierra Leone receive treatment. Since the end of the civil war in 2002, Sierra Leone has been trying to repair itself socially and economically. In 2007, Sierra Leone trailed at the end of the U.N. Human Development Index, a report that ranks nations based on factors affecting quality of life. Now, Sierra Leone sits 11 spots from the bottom.

Read more here—http://www.borgenmagazine.com/repairing-sierra-leone-starts-mental-health/

Women worldwide are threatened by human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer that can result from the sexually transmitted infections. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women, causing 274,000 deaths annually. Eighty percent of these deaths occur in developing countries, says a 2007 report released by The New England Journal of Medicine. The report projects that by 2020, that number will rise to 90 percent.

Read more here—http://www.borgenmagazine.com/hpv-vaccines-improve-life-women/

There is no country in the world about which so little is known as North Korea. The communist state is extremely withdrawn, with China as its only ally. Most of what is known about conditions in Kim Jong-un’s society comes from the first-hand accounts of escapees and defectors.

Read more here—http://www.borgenmagazine.com/sneak-north-korea/

U.S. Sees Increase in Detentions of Child Migrants

BELCHERTOWN, Massachusetts — The number of unaccompanied migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is 10 times higher in 2014 than it was in 2011. The increase can be attributed to the rise in detentions of child migrants. There are a predicted 90,000 children that will cross the border this year with the White House continuing further to estimate 140,000 children in 2015. The human rights issue of detaining these children is a cause for concern.

Read more here: http://www.borgenmagazine.com/us-sees-increase-in-detentions-of-child-migrants/#prettyPhoto

LONDON — Special Envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR,) Angelina Jolie, will co-chair a summit on ending sexual violence in conjunction with Foreign Secretary William Hague.

During the three-day event, over 100 countries will meet alongside over 900 international organizations. NGOs, survivors and experts from all parts of the world will convene to demonstrate their support for this issue. The scope and number of participants make this event the largest in history to address sexual violence during conflict.

Read more here: http://www.borgenmagazine.com/angelina-jolie-and-unhcr-fight-sexual-violence/#prettyPhoto

DUVALL, Wash. — On June 10, The Guardian revealed that farm-raised prawns sold to U.S. companies such as Wal-Mart and Costco, as well as dozens of other retailers throughout the U.K. and Europe, are products of Asian slave labor. Six months of investigations reveals the horrors of the seafood industry, and may make you think twice about where you purchase your seafood.

Read more here: http://www.borgenmagazine.com/human-trafficking-thai-fishing-industry/#prettyPhoto

LONDON — The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI,) is a system for evaluating the world’s poor. The Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative’s website describes the global MPI as “comprehensive,” and comprehensive it most certainly is.

Read more here: http://www.borgenmagazine.com/2014-global-mpi-better-measure-poverty/#prettyPhoto

Disabled Women Impacted by Conflict

LONDON — Last week, from June 10-13, the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict took place in London and included over 1,500 delegates from 129 countries.

The goal of the summit was to “shatter the culture of impunity for sexual violence in conflict” by creating an new international protocol, calling on the training of humanitarian actors to recognize and handle sexual violence. By doing so, the protocol would increase the amount of resources for survivors and inspire a general attitude change about the nature of sexual violence from one of inevitability to one of unacceptability…

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In New Bill, LGBT Rights Foreign Policy Priority

Senator Edward Markey (D – Mass.) has introduced a new bill, known as the International Human Rights Defense Act, to the senate that would commit the U.S. to protecting the rights of members of the LGBT community all around the world…

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Tier 3 Ranking for Human Trafficking in Thailand

BANGKOK — Thailand and a handful of other countries received Tier 3 ranking in the State Department’s recent release of grades of human trafficking. After spending four consecutive years at Tier 2, Thailand downgraded to the third tier for failing to make any notable strides or effort to improve their human trafficking issues…

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Iraqis Use Social Media to Unite, Rejecting ISIS

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqis have launched a selfie campaign on major social media networks such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to reject sectarianism and violence within the country. They are using the #NO2ISIS as a message of Iraqi unity and as a way of condemning the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS…

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Somali Piracy on the Decline

MOGADISHU, Somalia — For the past five years, the number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia served as a strong indication of the country’s economic status and the stability of its government.

Somali piracy has been a routine problem for shipping vessels rounding the Horn of Africa, leading to many hijackings and even deaths. But recently, the trend appears to be on the decline, giving hope to crewmen and signifying a potential shift in piracy worldwide…

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